NFL Week 16 Picks

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:55 PM GMT

It’s hard to believe, but the NFL regular season has almost come to a close. With only two weeks of the season left, there are still many playoff battles yet to be decided, and early in the week, there is value in some of the NFL Odds. Let’s take a look at a couple of games of interest, and see if they truly have a window of value open this week.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks

Practices should have started today for the Sunday games, which includes a battle between the Cardinals and Seahawks from Seattle. The NFL Odds opened up in favor of Seattle at -10 ½, however I think Arizona might have some key value opening up if the health of their players is increasing.

Carson Palmer sprained his ankle this past week, however it is not of the high-ankle variety, and Palmer was able to put in a limited session of practice today. This bodes well for his status on Sunday, and he is expected to make the start for the Cardinals.

Good news broke on Larry Fitzgerald as well, who passed his first baseline concussion test yesterday, and although he probably won’t practice until Friday at the earliest, all signs point to him being able to play this week. Keep an eye on his practice status heading into the end of the week.

As long as those two play, I think the Cards have great value as +10 ½ underdogs. This is a divisional game, and when teams from the NFC West get together, it is normally a closer game. These two defenses are both very good, and both are very capable of slowing down the opposing team’s offense.

Both teams have been very good so far this season. Over their last five games each, the Cards and Hawks are combined 9-0-1 ATS, however I see Seattle being a bit overvalued here, so take the points with Arizona for your NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Cardinals +10 ½

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Raiders vs. Chargers

The Raiders are another team that is a big underdog in the NFL Odds, however I can’t take points with Oakland in this game. The Chargers are -10 favorites in the NFL Odds, and I am taking a stab at them this week. Oakland is only 1-10 SU in their last 11 road games dating back to last season, and they are only 2-8 SU in their last ten games playing in San Diego.

The Chargers’ running game and defense have both been playing better recently, and getting the Raiders at home should be no problem for this very hot offense. Not only is the Chargers’ offense rolling right now, but the Oakland defense is far from what they were when the season started, and I can’t see anyway Phillip Rivers doesn’t take advantage.

In their last three games, the Raiders have given up an average of 41 points per game, including over 50 points this past week. Teams are pouring it all over the Raiders, and the Chargers will be no different. The Raiders’ offense is not going to be able to match the Chargers, and -10 may seem like a bargain by the time this game is over and through with. I’m laying the points in this Sunday afternoon matchup.

NFL Pick: Chargers -10

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